A long time genealogist, a pioneer in using the Internet to
support researchers, and a long time County Coordinator for Taney County Missouri, I will commit to enthusiastically
represent all of the Southwest/South Central Region's coordinators as one of their voices on the
Advisory Board during the coming two years. I believe that my
research and technical experience, my long term USGenWeb involvement and my temperment
can be of value to the project as a Board member. I greatly appreciate
the fabulous resources that USGenWeb has provided to me and other
genealogists over the years and would enjoy giving something back by
representing you on the Advisory Board.
I consider it a privilege to be a member of USGenWeb and an
honor to have been nominated for this responsibility. Whether or
not I am selected by my peers during this election, I assure you
that I am committed to continual improvement of the project for
the benefit of researchers everywhere. While I believe that I have much in the way
of talent, experience, and maturity to bring to this position,
I honestly admit that I do not know if I
am the best choice for this particular position during this election cycle.
I trust you, my fellow volunteers in USGenWeb, to make the
correct choice from among the candidates available. I hope you
will ask questions and evaluate the statements that all of us
provide; then make a carefully considered selection with your
votes. I also hope that you will encourage your fellow volunteers
to do the same so that all of those selected will be the choice of
the project, and not just the selection of a few. If I am elected,
I assure you that there is mutual respect and a
good relationship between me and the other representatives of this region.
Up front, I admit to being somewhat of a "geek" who likes to try out and
apply new technical facilities in support of genealogists. I love the environment of USGenWeb which allows each coordinator to try out and
implement the look, the structure, and the services they feel will best support their users. I've definitely tried some things along
the way that didn't work. I've also been introducted to many new ideas by innovative fellow coordinators and applied them to my own sites.
And that is half the fun, for me.
Some of My Guiding Principles:
If elected, I intend to act in accordance with the following
principles when performing my official duties on the Advisory
- If a proposal helps the County and other Local Coordinators better provide resources and assistance to genealogists, I will support it and vote yes.
- If I believe a proposal raises obstacles to the sort of creativity and service these Coordinators are trying to offer, I will oppose it and vote no.
- If a proposal isn't germane to the work of the Local Coordinators, I will
encourage the Board not to expend time on that proposal.
- I will proactively seek to learn of the attitudes and needs
of all project members, even those who spend all of their
available time working on local websites and don't allocate any
time for "politics" rather than just listening to those who chose
to speak out.
- I will treat all project members with respect and will promote
the same attitude among other board and project members.
- I won't necessarily always make my Board decisions based on
what the majority of those I hear from say. I will listen carefully to
them, but also recognize that the silent majority also deserve
representation. I will attempt to act for the overall benefit of
the project, applying my wisdom and experience as well as
considering the input of the more vocal minority who speak up on
In my opinion, our County and other Local Coordinators are the heart of the
USGenWeb project. All other project participants should be
focused on helping these folks on the front line deliver
information and assistance to those who are researching their
- A networking and computer professional, I currently work for
Timpanogos Technologies, which supports school districts
nationwide in their effective use of technology
- A father of 7 and grandfather of 12 and am married to a
sweetheart (Anna) who shares my passion for genealogy (she has a
BS degree in Family History Research)
- Have spoken and taught workshops at several national
genealogical conferences on research, computers, and the
Internet - with Anna I teach several local classes each year
focused on "getting started" with genealogy and computers
- During 40+ years of genealogical research, I have been able
to work in many county, state, provincial and national
- A Fellow of the National Genealogical Society (FNGS, one of just 27 nationwide) and
served as the founding or early webmaster for several national
- County Coordinator for Taney County in
Missouri, Grainger County in
Tennessee, Teton County in
Idaho and Scott County in Illinois.
- Newly appointed coordinator in the FGS Project for Idaho, Utah, and Montana.
- Live and work a comfortable drive from the LDS Family
History Library in Salt Lake City and make use of it for both my
personal research and for the benefit of the counties I host for
- Enjoy fishing, backpacking, hiking, camping, star viewing, exploring the outdoors, visiting and learning about places
that are important to my family's and country's history - especially with my family
- LOVE old books (reading copies) and reading science fiction and history
- My household is a large and unusual (for our times) multi-generational one that includes two grandchildren (high school), a son who is just finishing college, a spouse, a daughter-in-law, and four cats. Yes, it has been referred to as a "zoo" but it's lots of fun. BUT I'm about to become an empty nester for the first time, and that will be even MORE fun.
- For more details about my genealogical experience, see my
genealogical resume addendum (A PDF using Acrobat
- For more details about my technical experience, see my technical
resume addendum (A PDF using Acrobat Reader).
If you'd like to know a little more about me, check out my personal website at www.saintclair.org. If you have
any questions for me, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org ask on the SW Region Mailing List.